LASPOTECH begins large scale fish farming

July 30, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, says it has officially commenced a cage culture pilot project for large scale fish farming at Agbowa-Ikosi  beach in  Epe, to support the state  government’s food security project. LASPOTECH acting rector, Mr Olumide Metilelu, said in a statement signed by Mr Olanrewaju Kuye, LASPOTECH’s Director of  Information and Public Relations,  Tuesday in Lagos. Metilelu said that the project was also intended to Read More

2020 wet season: 70, 000 maize farmers to get CBN support

June 14, 2020 David Agba 0

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has concluded arrangements to support 70,000 maize farmers under its Anchor Borrowers Programme, during the 2020 wet farming season. Head, Development Finance Office, CBN, Mr Nuhu Muazu, indicated this on Thursday  in Abuja during  the launching of farm inputs distribution to maize farmers for the 2020 wet season. Muazu said that the programme was designed to Read More

Drawing a balance between food security, biodiversity and environment

June 8, 2020 John Oba 0

It is an undisputable fact that food security and environmental pollution are intertwined. As the world marks the World Environment Day, JOHN OBA, writes on the need to draw a balance between food security, biodiversity and the environment. Food security is said to exist when all humans, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious Read More

Kaduna pegs bag of fertiliser at N5000, warns against racketeering

May 30, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Kaduna state has put measures in place to check any act of fertiliser diversion that could lead to it being re-sold above the official price of N5,000 per bag, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Hajiya Halima Lawal, has assured. Speaking in a press statement issued on Saturday, the Commissioner said despite these measures, there were reports of some individuals buying up fertilisers Read More

Banditry’ll affect agric in North-west – El-Rufai

May 29, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai has expressed grief over the high spate of banditry in the North-west, saying it would affect agriculture unless it was dealt with. El-Rufai told State House correspondents on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that his visit was to find a lasting solution to the problem. He said, however, that the nation’s security agencies had Read More

Reports on grains waste in Kano silos mischievous- Commissioner

May 27, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

Kano state government has dismissed reports indicating that grains sent to Kano by the federal government as palliatives some weeks ago have been left to rot at an open space of the state Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO). The state government urges the public to disregard the tale being peddled by some disgruntled elements to discredit the effort of the government Read More

AfDB approves $1.5m grant to curb desert locusts ravaging East Africa

April 2, 2020 David Agba 0

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts that are threatening livelihoods and food security. The proposed assistance will be channeled to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which has been Read More

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Anxiety as migratory insects threaten food security

March 13, 2020 Editorial III 0

Director of the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division at Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dominique Burgeon, recently raised the alarm that the governments of the East African region were unprepared to fight the Locusta Migratoria catastrophe. As the insects advance towards West and Sub-Sahara Africa KEHINDE OSASONA asks if Nigeria has any pro-active measure in place to check possible invasion. United Read More

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As agricultural projects go extinct in Rivers…

February 24, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  Despite the calls for the total or partial diversification of the economy, Rivers state government seems to be looking the other way to the detriment of agriculture. GODWIN EGBA writes that the sector is going extinct. From all indications, the leading roles being played by the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari alongside other state governments and corporate Read More

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What border closure did to Nigeria’s poultry industry – NIAS boss

December 27, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The land border closure with neighbouring countries has saved the poultry industry in Nigeria about N50 billion since its commencement in October. Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Professor  Eustace Iyayi,  stated this  at a news conference in Abuja with the theme, “Nigeria border closure: Impact on the livestock sub-sector, food security and employment Read More

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Rice council ‘ll boost food security – Senator Enagi

December 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

   With the passage of the bill seeking for establishment of Rice Development Council for second reading in the Senate last week, required mechanism for sustenance of local rice production and food security in Nigeria is being put in place, sponsor of the bill, Bima Muhammad Enagi (APC Niger South) has said. Enagi stated this Tuesday in Abuja while fielding questions Read More

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FAO seeks concerted effort to address food security, others

December 16, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for a holistic approach to address issues of food security, agriculture and forestry globally. FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, said this recently at a dialogue on “turning the tide on deforestation” on the margins of COP25, saying it is possible to reconcile food security, agricultural production and forest conservation. He said FAO is Read More

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‘Land degradation’ll hinder Nigeria’s food security’

December 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria country representative, Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), Dr. Suffyan Koroma, has warned that removal of top soil by water or wind erosion will hinder the achievement of food security in Nigeria. While welcoming participants at the world Soil day celebration in Abuja, Koroma, said studies have revealed that soil removed by either water or wind erosion is 1.3 Read More

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Sirika inaugurates committee on seasonal rainfall prediction

December 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has inaugurated an inter-ministerial committee with the responsibility of reviewing the impact of seasonal rainfall prediction (SRP) 2015-2018 of the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET), on Nigeria’s food security. The Minister, who inaugurated the committee recently in Abuja, tasked them to examine the level of awareness of farmers among other stakeholders of the SRP, and also Read More

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GMOs important for food security – FG

September 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Tuesday stressed the importance of genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in achieving food security in the country. Onu said this at a five-day workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) Detection and Identification, hosted by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Abuja. According to him, Read More

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Be strategic, experts caution Buhari on food sufficiency claim

August 15, 2019 Editor 0

Experts in the nation’s financial sector have said there is no cause for alarm over the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to release foreign exchange to food importers. Receiving the governors elected on the All Progressive Congress(APC) platform Tuesday, President Buhari said he had directed the CBN not to allow  food importers access Read More

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Insecurity: Food crisis looms

July 27, 2019 Editor 0

The unending farmers and herders’ clashes across the country is making it difficult for farmers to go to their farms. Environmental factors that affect farming activities are all ganging up and unless it is addressed by the authorities, Nigeria may just be heading for the inevitable; BENJAMIN UMUTEME and KEHINDE OSASONA write. In June of 2017, Ms. Oghenetega Efejiro had Read More

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Food security in Nigeria: Averting impending gloomy days (II)

July 20, 2019 Editorial III 0

This is not just unhealthy for a country already mired in food crisis but an open advertisement of our fault lines as a country housing diversity of human crop whose desire to be at peace is far-fetched. Instructively, both are key stakeholders in the quest for food sufficiency for entire citizens. The corn, cassava, rice, millet etc producer needs the Read More

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Flooding: NEMA set to empower 16,059 Farmers in Kogi

April 25, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared that 16,059 farmers in nine local government areas of Kogi State affected by flood  would benefit from its Emergency Agricultural Intervention Fund ( EAIF). NEMA’s Team Leader for EAIF, Mr Oluwatope Ajayi, who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday said the affected farmers were those affected by the 2018 flood. Read More

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FG embarks on all year irrigated agric

March 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, has stated that the federal government through the ministry has embarked on extensive all-year-round irrigated agriculture towards attaining food security and facilitating alternative sources of wealth creation. Adamu stated this recently at a-day workshop in Abuja for media practitioners in the water sector, adding that the Ministry is supporting the nation towards Read More

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Unreasonable tax policy killing our farm produce markets – Biem

February 20, 2019 Editor 0

Benue Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Hingah Biem. has expressed worry over the steep decline in sales by farmers due to unreasonable tax policy that scare away buyers from the markets. Biem who was speaking on Tuesday in Makurdi, during the inauguration of Biem/Akor Governorship Campaign Organisation said SDP in the state was disturbed when the sacred duty of revenue collection was Read More

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Hunger on the rise in Africa, new UN report reveals

February 18, 2019 Editor 0

A new United Nations report reveals that hunger is on the rise in Africa following years of decline due to a number of reasons, including difficult global economic conditions, adverse climatic conditions due to El Niño and soaring staple food  prices. Titled  ‘The 2018 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition Report,’   the joint UN report reveals that the prevalence of undernourishment Read More

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‘New plant variety law ‘ll halt exodus of Nigeria breeders

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

Stakeholders at the ongoing expert review meeting on plant variety protection legislation (Plant Breeders Right- PBR) have stated that the law will halt the exodus of Nigerian plant breeders from the country. It states that the law will protect Nigeria breeders intellectual properties and encourage them develop the sector. Speaking during the meeting, the Director General, National Agricultural Seed Council Read More